Human Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars:
Postdocs who need HR assistance should start by contacting their school or division’s HR office. For School/Division HR Representatives Contact: Jordan Todd, HR Consultant.
Joyce Tan, Associate Vice Chancellor
Associate Vice Chancellor Joyce Tan currently oversees the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 919-962-0394. Britt Johnson-Broache serves as Executive Assistant to Joyce Tan. (email: email@example.com / Ph: 919-962-1319)
Dara Wilson-Grant, Associate Director
With over ten years experience providing career management education and training, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for sound decision-making and career planning while also helping them to develop the skills required for a lifetime of professional success. In her role at OPA, Dara provides individual career counseling and coaching to postdoctoral scholars. She also designs, presents, and coordinates an array of career and professional development programs.
Dara holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Fordham University and a BA in Business Administration from Goucher College. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Human Resource Recruitment Specialist. Prior to joining OPA in July of 2006, Dara was the Assistant Director at UNC’s career center and an instructor at UNC’s School of Education. Throughout her career, Dara has worked with students and professionals in a wide range of disciplines and career fields. However, her specialty is working with postdoctoral scholars and mid-career professionals in transition.
Jennifer Pruitt, Program Coordinator
Jennifer oversees the logistics for the career and professional development programs, workshops, and special events for the office. In addition, she is the contact for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, managing the recruitment, selection, and onboarding for underrepresented postdoctoral scholars coming to Carolina to prepare for tenure-track faculty positions. She has over fourteen years of experience working at the university, previously working under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as the assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.
Jennifer is an alumna of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
Alan Farber, Career Counselor
Alan joined OPA following 27 years as a university career development specialist. Prior to arriving at UNC in 2013, he was the Associate Director of Career Services at the University of San Diego, and the Assistant Director of Career Services at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He has taught graduate career development courses at NIU and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Alan has helped thousands of students and seasoned professionals to explore their options and realize their professional dreams. He has conducted many professional presentations, and written numerous articles, guides, and book chapters on career-related topics.
Alan completed a Ph.D. in Counseling at Michigan State University. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Ball State University in Indiana, and a B.A. in Psychology from Marietta College in Ohio.
Maanasa Kanimilli, Graduate Student Assistant
Maanasa Kanimilli (she/they) is a second-year MPH student in the Health Equity, Social Justice, & Human Rights concentration at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. They completed their undergrad degree in Molecular Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago. They are passionate about working to eliminate health disparities for queer and trans people of color, creating comprehensive and accessible sexual education for all, and community organizing. In their free time, Maanasa enjoys reading books, listening to podcasts, finding the best restaurants in town, and talking people’s ears off about why Chicago is the best city in the United States.